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JEEP GLADIATOR XMT SIGNALS BRAND RE-ENTRY INTO MILITARY SERVICE

The Truck Is A Collaboration Project With AM General

Jeep Gladiator XMT

Jeep hasn’t been in military duty since the Vietnam war, but a recent announcement could signal a change to that. While General Motors is at work developing a Chevrolet Colorado-based Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV), AM General – the company behind the iconic Humvee – has announced a collaboration with FCA on a special military truck that’s essentially a 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

Called the Jeep Gladiator XMT, the military truck has been upfitted by AM General with both custom-built and commercially available military-grade parts that elevate the off-road capabilities of the Gladiator, which aim to meet varied military customer requirements.

FCA says that, pending feedback and interest in the military marketplace, production of the Jeep Gladiator XMT could begin in the second half of 2020. Additionally, the Gladiator XMT would be offered to military customers in both diesel and gasoline versions.

The one photo provided of the Jeep Gladiator XMT show rail bars in place of where the doors be, and those might even be out of the Mopar parts catalog. Up front looks to be a massive steel brush guard complete with a winch, while a pair of massive antennas protrude from the truck bed. The interior appears to have a set of conceptual minimalist seats to save on unwanted complexities. The wheels appear to be black steel, while the BF Goodrich tires appear to be significantly larger than the 31 inch units found on the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.

Those rails look familiar.

Other than that, it’s hard to tell what other modifications are in store for the Jeep Gladiator XMT, but the truck is said to implement the Enhanced Tactical Kit (ETK) learnings from the AM General Humvee.

AM General has over 100 years in defense and automotive experience. The American defense company designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide, with major facilities in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. AM General has produced and sustained over 300,000 vehicles in over 70 countries.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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